It's the fabulously talented Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great CAS challenge for us.
When I see a theme challenge, I generally need some inspiration in the form of a sketch/colors. This week I hit the jackpot with a great sketch from casethissketch and a gorgeous color inspiration from fusion.
Here are the challenges:
Ann's CAS theme challenge:
The sketch from casethissketch:
and, finally, the color inspiration from fusion:
Isn't that photo just perfect for Ann's theme challenge and it's just perfect with the sketch!
This card had three different lives. Really! It started off like this:
BUT.... it was just missing something. The flowers just didn't have enough umph.... and I knew they needed something..... So, I used my Uniball White Gel Pen and added a little detail.
Now... I liked this version much better. The white lines around the flowers just made them pop and this was the version I decided to load for the challenge.
However, I then decided the purple needed a little lift... so I added some more flowers.
I really couldn't make up my mind!!! This card took me 3 hours and I still couldn't decide. So, I'd love to hear which you prefer. Won't you leave me a comment and let me know whether you think I made the right decision to load Version 2 for the challenge? I'd love to have another opinion :-)
On a personal note:
Oh..... spring is here. Oh. Yes! It might be getting down to 45 this coming week and I know it isn't going to be the 60+ degrees... but... even 45 above zero is WAY higher than it has been since October! So, I'll take it - and love it!
Today I noticed another sign of spring. The Junco's have left. They have gone back north to prepare their breeding grounds and I know that when they leave, there are other birds further south that are preparing their return to our neck of the woods. I love the little Junco's and really enjoy their antics during winter, but it is going to be wonderful to see the bright warm-weather birds and I am so looking forward to the return of the Oriole's and the humming birds! Hopefelly, Niles and Daphne will grace us with their presence again this year :-)
I'll be back tomorrow with another card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Card stock: Neenah Solar White
- Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Flowers on my Mind
- Inks: Ranger Distress Inks
- Tools: Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle. Ranger Onyx Liquid Pearl (for the flower centers). Wink of Stella clear glitter pen (used on the flowers). Fun foam (used to raise the focal panel